Weekend Report- August 19-20, 2017

 

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A teenage boy was killed and two others were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at around 11pm Saturday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Jeffery Holden of Bowling Green was on Route V and driving too fast to negotiate a curve when he lost control and his car traveled off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment.  Jeffery Holden sustained serious injuries, while one his passenger’s 17 year old James Ortega of Bowling Green suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis while another passenger 18 year old Nicholas Spencer of Bowling Green was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis where he died a short time later from his injuries.

 

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man from Macomb, IL was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Pike County.  28 year old Joshua Green was riding his motorcycle on MO 79 when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

ST. PETERS MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Peters motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Friday night wreck in St. Charles County.  43 year old Brian Krumm was riding his motorcycle eastbound on I-70 when it traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 




August 18, 2017

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A woman from Pacific, MO was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 2:20am Friday in Jefferson County.  49 year old Kathleen Burg was on Sandy Church Road when her car traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION ROBBERY      

 

A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a Wednesday night home invasion robbery, which occurred in the 900 block of Huntridge Drive.  Police say 25 year old Anthony Acton was arrested in a vehicle, which was identified by witnesses.  A search turned up cash, heroin, marijuana and a gun.  Acton has been charged with first-degree armed robbery and armed criminal action, along with possession of a controlled substance.  Witnesses say two suspects entered the home and took an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say they are continuing to work to identify the second suspect in the robbery. 

 

FOUR INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON 63          

 

A toddler and mother were ejected from a vehicle and two other people were injured when the vehicle overturned on northbound Highway 63, near Breedlove Drive on Thursday.  Authorities say the driver of the vehicle was airlifted from the scene, while the other victims were taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital.  The Highway Patrol has not released the identities of the victims.  Investigators say the car ran off the highway, traveled through the median, then came back onto the road and overturned into the ditch.  

 

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

 

Choosing to drive impaired, or ride with someone who is, is not worth the risk – this is real life, and once something goes wrong, it can’t be taken back.  Last year, statewide law enforcement made 308 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign.  There were 189 agencies statewide that participated in this effort.  This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run from August 18 through September 3.  Mexico Public Safety will be participating in the annual nationwide August/Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance–impaired driving crackdown.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired driver.  In 2016, 218 people were killed and 664 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver which works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every 1-3/4 days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury every ½ day.  During the August/Labor Day weekend timeframe, 16 people were killed and 34 seriously injured in crashes involving at least one substance-impaired driver.

 




August 17, 2017

 

COLUMBIA CHILD’S FIRE DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL         

 

Autopsy results have confirmed that the death of a 4 year old boy in a May Columbia house fire was accidental.  The fire occurred on May 26, at a home on Quail Drive.  Firefighters say 4 year old Zadrian Harper was found in a bedroom and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  An adult and three other children got out of the home safely.  Investigators say the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter.  The Columbia Police Department reminds residents that they offer a free, confidential education program for children who show a curiosity about fires or who have started a fire. 

 

TWO SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT, ONE INJURY, UNDER INVESTIGATION    

 

Columbia Police are investigating two more shots fired incidents, both of which occurred late Tuesday night, into early Wednesday morning.  Officers were called to a report of a shooting on Greensboro Drive at around 11:30pm Tuesday, where they found evidence of an injury at the scene and damage to the home.  They later received a report that a man was taken to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  Around midnight, officers were called to a report of gunshots in the 2600 block of Quail Drive.  There were no injuries or property damage at that location.  Investigators aren’t sure if the two incidents are related.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

PSC REJECTS GRAIN BELT EXPRESS TRANMISSION LINE         

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission formally rejected the proposed Grain Belt Express high-voltage power line project on Wednesday.  The decision creates a significant hurdle for the line, which was proposed to carry wind power from Kansas, through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it could connect with a power grid for further eastern states.  The other three states involved have all ready granted full approval for the project, leaving Missouri as its only hurdle.  Missouri regulators cited a recent state appeals court ruling that said utilities must first get consent from all affected counties before state approval can be granted.  The Grain Belt Express Line lacks approval from several counties in its path.    

 

SCHOOLS ARE BACK IN SESSION SOON; WATCH FOR STUDENTS!

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that many schools throughout the state are starting the 2017-2018 school year.  This brings a change in traffic patterns  school buses and parents taking their children to school will join other motorists on the road and affect the morning and afternoon commute.  It is critical for drivers to be alert, especially near school zones, playgrounds, and bicycle paths. Whatever route you drive, expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination.  Most traffic crashes involving young drivers (under the age of 21) in 2016 occurred between 3pm and 4pm when school typically lets out. Drivers need to be aware of the increased traffic during this time—not just in areas around school, but all around town.  Many of these drivers are young and inexperienced.  Parents: It is important to encourage those young drivers to remember driving is a full-time job.  Using a cell phone, texting, or adjusting the radio can be the distraction that leads to a traffic crash.  Texting is against the law for anyone under the age of 22.  Missouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus.  However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus.  Drivers, when you see a stopped school bus, stay alert and follow the law.  Children may not be aware of traffic and dart unexpectedly into the roadway.  In 2016, one person was killed and 389 people were injured in school bus crashes.  Missouri experienced 974 traffic crashes involving school buses last year. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about riding a bus, walking, or driving to school in a safe manner.  If they ride a bike, please make sure they wear a helmet and follow traffic laws.  Let’s help Missouri students return to school safely. 

 

 




August 16, 2017

 

ONE HURT IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT           

 

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting incident in north Columbia, which injured one person.  Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive at around 11:30pm.  They say one victim at the scene had suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Columbia Hospital.  The name of the victim and more details on the shooting have not yet been released, as the investigation continues. 

 

NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DEADLY CAR FIRE            

 

Police say a car fire, which killed a Columbia woman early Tuesday morning, was intentionally set, but foul play is not suspected.  First responders say the victim was found dead inside the vehicle and two children who were related to the victim, ages 2 and 6, were found nearby, unhurt.  Police say, due to the nature of the incident, they will not release any additional information. 

 

WOMAN INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An Elsberry woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:20pm Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 80 year old Doris Wyble was on US 61 when her vehicle struck the towed unit of a tractor trailer driven by 58 year old Tonerial Powell of St. Louis and after impact Wyble’s vehicle began skidding and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the median.  Doris Wyble was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

ST. LOUIS MAN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Louis man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in St. Louis County.  32 year old Jason Williams was southbound on I-270 when he suffered a medical issue and his Ford Explorer struck the concrete median.  He was transported to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




August 15, 2017

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Warrenton man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:30pm Monday in Warren County.  32 year old Michael Turner was on MO Route 47 when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, crossed the center line, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and his truck overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A Union woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Kirsten Hill was driving too fast for conditions on Hill Top Road when she was unable to stop at the intersection and her car traveled off the roadway, struck a highway sign and also a fence.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

ONE FATALITY CONFIRMED IN COLUMBIA CAR FIRE           

 

Columbia Police are investigating a car fire, which killed one occupant of the vehicle, early this (Tues) morning.  Shortly after 1am, a vehicle fire was reported near Grindstone Parkway and Bearfield Road.  The car ended up in the grass on the northeast part of the intersection.  No further details on the incident, and no information on the fatality have been released as of yet. 

 

PICKUP TRUCK FIRE NEAR STEPHENS COLLEGE CAMPUS        

 

A pickup truck fire near the Stephens College Campus, early this (Tues) morning, is under investigation.  Columbia Fire Crews were called to that location, in the 100 block of Dorsey Street, just after 3am.  They found a pickup fully engulfed in flames.  A nearby building was evacuated, but there were no injuries.  That investigation is continuing.  

 




August 14, 2017

 

WORK PLANNED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N AND I-70

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing work on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route  N - Aug. 14-17, one lane traffic from the north outer road of Interstate 70 to the south outer road of I-70 for bridge work at I-70 bridge.  Traffic will be controlled by signals and there will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed from 8am to 3pm each day.

 

I-70 westbound - Aug. 16-17, one lane traffic from MM 182.2 to MM 180.8 while drain work is completed along the concrete barrier wall.  The work will begin at 7pm on Aug. 16 and conclude at 7am on Aug. 17.

 

I-70 eastbound - Aug. 16-17, one lane traffic from MM 180.6 to MM 182 while drain work is completed along the concrete barrier wall.  The work will begin at 7pm on Aug. 16 and conclude at 7am on Aug. 17.

 

Please use caution if traveling through this area, and remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOTS FIRED            

 

Columbia Police are investigating a Saturday morning shots fired incident, which occurred just after 2am in the 1000 block of Claudell Lane.  Investigators say three vehicles and one residence was damaged by gunfire, but no injuries were reported. Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbia Police or call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY REPORTED WHEN MAN FALLS ON KATY TRAIL    

 

Paramedics say a man suffered serious injuries in a fall down a steep incline along Katy Trail, Sunday night.  The report indicates the man was walking on private property above the Katy Trail in Rocheport at around 8pm, when he fell down a steep slope onto the trail.  The victim, who has not been identified by authorities, was taken from the scene by helicopter for treatment at a Columbia hospital.  First-responders say the man had apparently been drinking prior to the fall. 

 

DETAILS PENDING:  FATAL ATV ACCIDENT AT FINGER LAKES      

 

No details have been released as Boone County authorities investigate a fatal ATV crash, which occurred Saturday at Finger Lakes State Park.  Reports indicate a female driver was killed when her ATV overturned on a steep hill.  Her identity has not been released and no further details on the accident are available, pending notification of relatives. 

 




Weekend Report- August 12-13, 2017

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Saturday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Bryan Fisher of Moscow Mills was on Highway 79 in a left turn lane when he failed to yield as he began to make a left turn and his truck struck a truck driven by 50 year old Steven Brent of St. Peters.  Steven Brent suffered moderate injuries, while his passenger 52 year old Kimberly Brent sustained serious injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Clair teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Franklin County.  18 year old Devin Woodham was on MO 47 when he became distracted, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a driveway embankment and his vehicle overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN CRASH

 

A Foristell driver was hurt in a Friday evening crash in St. Charles County.  18 year old Destiny Beck was on MO 364 when she suffered a medical condition and her car ran off the left side of the road, she overcorrected, returned to the roadway, ran off the right side of the road where the undercarriage of the car struck a grassy embankment.  She was taken to Progress West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




August 11, 2017

 

TWO WOMEN IN CUSTODY AFTER FOUR-COUNTY PURSUIT    

 

Two women are in custody after a vehicle pursuit led, started in Boone County, continued through parts of Callaway, Montgomery and Warren Counties Boone County deputies tried to stop the vehicle, after they were alerted to a report of it being stolen in Arnold, MO.  The vehicle traveled eastbound on I-70 at high speeds, eventually becoming disabled in Warren County 23 year old Samantha Rachels, of St. Louis and 44 year old Diane Williams, of O’Fallon, were taken into custody at the scene and face multiple charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle. 

  

BOMB THREAT THURSDAY AT COLUMBIA WAL MART      

 

A Columbia Walmart store was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat.  Police responded to the Walmart on Grindstone Parkway, after the store received the bomb threat by telephone, shortly after 3:30pm.  Officers say employees were all ready evacuating the building when they arrived.  A search of the building found no evidence of any type of explosive and the store reopened at around 4:15pm.  An investigation is ongoing. 

 

MISSOURI STATE FAIR QUEEN IS FROM GREEN CITY      

 

The 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen is from Sullivan County Natalie Ayers, of Green City, was crowned State Fair Queen in opening night ceremonies Thursday evening in Sedalia Ayers advanced to the State Fair competition after being named Sullivan County Fair Queen last month. 

 

MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Fayette man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 9am Thursday in Howard County.  32 year old Joshua Engel was on MO 240 when he fell asleep and his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a driveway, became airborne, struck the ground and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




August 10, 2017

 

FULTON INFANT SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT           

 

A Fulton infant was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a Callaway County Road, which occurred at around 8 o’clock Wednesday night.  25 year old Lisa Luna, of Fulton, was the driver of a southbound pickup.  The patrol says it slid off the gravel roadway and struck several trees.  Luna suffered just minor injuries, but her infant son, who was a passenger, was seriously injured.  They were both taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

 

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPICIOUS COLUMBIA PACKAGE     

 

A Mexico man was arrested Wednesday morning, in connection with a suspicious package, which was left near the Columbia Probation and Parole office in July.  47 year old Vincent E Ferrell, Jr. of Mexico is accused of leaving the package outside the office and has been charged with making a terrorist threat.  On July 18, multiple law enforcement units were called to the office, after the small package, wrapped in duct tape, was found outside the building.  The area was evacuated before investigators were able to determine that the package was not hazardous.  

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Wentzville driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning crash in Lincoln County.  23 year old Dylan Noll was on Highway C when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox, returned to the road, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

  

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday the Mexico Public Safety Department took seven reports of items being stolen from motor vehicles in the south central part of town during the overnight hours.  As officers checked the area for witnesses and physical evidence, it was discovered that a few additional vehicles had been gone through.  It was mostly money that was stolen from the cars.

 

On Thursday Aug. 3 at approximately 2:36am, the Mexico Public Safety Department took a delayed report of a robbery which had occurred around 1:30am.  The victim reported that he was walking in the 500 block of S. Western when four teenagers approached him and demanded he empty his pockets.  One of the teenagers was holding what looked like a handgun and they rode away on bicycles after taking a personal item.  As a result of the investigation into that incident, a 15 year-old juvenile was placed in a juvenile detention center by the 12th Circuit Court Juvenile Office, and cases are pending on a 13 year-old and 14 year-old who were also involved.  On Tuesday, Aug. 8 at approximately 9:38am, Mexico Public Safety arrested 17 year-old Joshua Maxwell of Mexico for his involvement in the offense.  Maxwell was taken to the Audrain County Jail for Robbery 1st degree.  Two BB guns, which were being carried by the group during the robbery, were recovered.  Neither BB gun had any markings to make them look different than an actual handgun.

 

On Tuesday August 8 at approximately 2:57pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S. Clark in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found the contents of a trash dumpster burning.  The fire was extinguished with no damage to any surrounding property.  It was determined that earlier, someone had emptied an ash tray with hot contents into the dumpster.  Witnesses saw the contents of the dumpster begin to smolder and thought they removed the ashes and embers.  The witnesses later saw the fire in the dumpster.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Tuesday August 8 at approximately 5:46pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W. Monroe in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found the contents of a commercial clothes dryer burning, with the flame starting to spread out of the front of the dryer.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with only the dryer and contents suffering fire damage.  An employee stated that he was in the building when he smelled something unusual and noticed the fire.  The employee used two fire extinguishers in an attempt to put out the fire but was unable to get it extinguished.  The cause is still undetermined.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




August 9, 2017

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

 

A St. Peters man was injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred at 1:35pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  33 year old Christopher Gold was westbound on Route F when a deer ran into the path of his motorcycle, he lost control, causing it to fall on its right side and eject him from the motorcycle.  He was transported by private auto to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MANHUNT OVER: CLINTON OFFICER SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY   

 

A two-day manhunt in western Missouri is over, after a suspect accused of killing a Clinton, MO Police Officer was taken into custody Tuesday night.  The Highway Patrol says 39 year old Ian McCarthy, of Clinton, was arrested in Henry County, no other details have been released.  McCarthy was charged Monday with first-degree murder, in the death of Officer Gary Michael, who was shot to death during a traffic stop Sunday night. 

 

TUESDAY ELECTION RESULTS          

 

Boone County voters approved proposition 1 for road and bridge funding.  The half-cent countywide sales tax passed with an 86 percent majority.  The Centralia School District saw its tax levy issue fail Tuesday, with a 52 percent majority opposed. 

 

WALSH WINS MID-MISSOURI HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION               

 

Republican Sara Walsh defeated Democrat Michela Skelton, to win the 50th District Missouri House seat.  The special election was held to replace Republican Caleb Jones, who resigned to take a position with Governor Eric Greitens’ Administration.  Walsh won Tuesday’s vote with just over a 52 percent majority.  House District 50 covers southern Boone County and parts of Cole, Cooper and Moniteau Counties. 

 




August 8, 2017

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Florissant man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:25am Monday in St. Charles County.  42 year old Thomas Watkins was westbound on the ramp from I-70 to Route K when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 

ST. CHARLES DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Charles driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 26 year old Jeffrey Minor was southbound on I-270 when he suffered a medical incident, causing his car to run off the left side of the road, strike the concrete wall and then the car came to rest partially blocking the roadway.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA TEENAGER TREATED AFTER COLLISION         

 

A Columbia teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Boone County Route K.  13 year old Sophia Angel, of Columbia, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45pm.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 17 year old Falen Singleton, of Columbia.  The patrol says their vehicle struck another car in the rear, while it was stopped to allow another motorist to turn. 

 

GRAND JURY HANDS DOWN TWO MURDER INDICTMENTS      

 

A Grand Jury filed indictments on two Columbia murder cases Friday.  Denico Crawley was indicted on charges of murder, armed criminal action, assault and drug possession charges, in connection with a shooting at the I-70/Highway 63 connector in June.  Two people were shot and one of the victims, 25 year old Quenten Hurt, later died.  Court documents say Crawley and the other victim, had been in a relationship prior to the shooting.  Crawley pleaded not guilty in court on Monday. 

In the other case, Demtrus Washington was indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and assault.  It involved the alleged kidnapping of Washington’s three children, of whom she did not have custody.  One of the children was killed in a vehicle crash on I-70.  Washington is scheduled for arraignment on August 14. 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Monday at approximately 11:31am, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a disturbance that occurred along Missouri Highway 15, north of Mexico.  While investigating that incident, deputies received information that one of the subjects involved had possibly stolen some property in Mexico.  That information was forwarded to Mexico Public Safety.  At approximately 12:59pm, 21 year old Matthew B Beauchamp of Mexico was arrested for the theft and for charges stemming from the ACSO investigation.  He was taken to the Audrain County Jail for felony stealing as a result of what occurred in Mexico.

 




August 7, 2017

 

WORK PLANNED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N AND I-70

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing work on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route  N - Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 14-17, one lane traffic from the north outer road of Interstate 70 to the south outer road of I-70 for bridge work at I-70 bridge.  Traffic will be controlled by signals and there will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed from 8am to 3pm each day.

 

I-70 westbound - Aug. 16-17, one lane traffic from MM 182.2 to MM 180.8 while drain work is completed along the concrete barrier wall.  The work will begin at 7pm on Aug. 16 and conclude at 7am on Aug. 17.

 

I-70 eastbound - Aug. 16-17, one lane traffic from MM 180.6 to MM 182 while drain work is completed along the concrete barrier wall.  The work will begin at 7pm on Aug. 16 and conclude at 7am on Aug. 17.

 

Please use caution if traveling through this area, and remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN WEEKEND I-70 ACCIDENT             

 

A Columbia woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on eastbound I-70 at the Missouri River Bridge in Boone County.  The patrol says 50 year old Charles Coats, of Columbia, was the driver of an eastbound car, which struck the median wall, spun and struck the median wall a second time, just after midnight.  His passenger, 51 year old Tammy Glasgow, of Columbia, suffered moderate injuries.  She was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 2002 COLUMBIA RAPE                

 

A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a 2002 rape, after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.  Police arrested 53 year old Jackie Lee Jennings, of Columbia, last week.  He is charged with forcible rape and burglary in connection with an incident, which occurred in April of 2002.  Court documents accuse the suspect of approaching the victim outside a Columbia bar, and offering her a ride home.  She refused, but the suspect apparently followed her home and attacked her.  The victim was unable to identify the suspect in 2002, but DNA evidence was placed in a database.  Prosecutors say Jennings provided a DNA sample for a 2014 felony case and investigators were able to confirm a match.  Jennings is being held on $200,000 dollars bond.

 

 




Weekend Report- August 5-6, 2017

 

THREE HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three Montgomery City residents were hurt in an accident that occurred after 2pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 69 year old Edward Smith of Bellflower was on the North Outer Road of I-70 at Route E when he entered an intersection and failed to yield and his truck struck a car driven by 29 year old Latasia Pearson.  Latasia Pearson along with two passengers in her car 36 year old Courtney Pearson and her 14 year old daughter Ausha Whitworth sustained minor injuries.  All three were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Villa Ridge man was seriously injured in a Friday morning crash in Montgomery County.  The report states that a tractor trailer being driven by 46 year old Timothy Herbert of St. Louis was stopped in the roadway on westbound I-70 due to a previous crash that had occurred directly in front of him, in which both westbound lanes were blocked, when a truck driven by 64 year old David Womack drove into the rear of the towed unit of the stationary tractor trailer.  David Womack was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

ATV DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK

 

A Spanish Lake driver was seriously injured in an ATV wreck Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County.  37 year old Richard Blankenship was riding his ATV on Pillsbury Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, overturned and was ejected from the ATV.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 




August 4, 2017

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY UNDERWAY            

 

Starting Friday, thru Sunday, Missouri’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is underway.  A number of back-to school items, including school supplies, clothing and computers are exempt from the state’s 4.225% sales tax this weekend, thru Midnight Sunday.  The sales tax exemption on clothing is limited to $100, school supplies up to $50 per purchase, personal computers up to $1,500, software up to $350, computer peripheral devices, up to $1,500 and graphing calculators up to $150.  A handful of area cities and counties are also waiving local sales tax during the weekend, but many have opted out of the sales tax holiday.  A complete listing of cities and counties participating can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website. 

 

MEXICO POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ARMED ROBBERY          

 

Mexico Police are investigating a possible armed robbery, after a man says four teenagers forced him to empty his pockets while he was walking home,  It occurred at around 1:30 Thursday morning in the 500 block of S. Western in Mexico.  The victim says one of the teens was holding what looked like a handgun.  The teens rode off on bicycles after taking a personal item.  About four hours later, Mexico Police were called to a report of teenagers waving a gun at passing cars.  Three teens were found in the area, but no gun was found.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

MAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man from Newport News, VA was hurt in an accident that occurred after 3:30pm Thursday in Franklin County.  55 year old Eric Parker was eastbound on I-44 when he lost control of his tractor trailer and it traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

An Auxvasse driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Callaway County.  25 year old Davon Bryant was on County Road 245 when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch, a tree and a fence.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health Center in Mexico for treatment.

 

 




August 3, 2017

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman from Hudson, IL was injured in an accident that occurred at 6:10pm Wednesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 26 year old Haile Townsend was eastbound on I-70 when her vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by 40 year old Corey Schuster of O’Fallon, MO.  After impact her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a rock bluff and came to rest in the driving lane of I-70, while his car ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway and went off the left side of the road before coming to rest in the median.  Haile Townsend was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man from Bowie, MD was hurt in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Montgomery County.  52 year old Thomas Hodges was riding his motorcycle on I-70 when it traveled on to rumble strips, causing him to lose control and it slid onto its side before coming to rest in the driving lane of I-70.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY EVENING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday evening in Franklin County.  26 year old Wade Horina of Union, MO was on Route A when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree and a telephone pole.  He was taken by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

THREE IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH TUESDAY’S SHOOTING            

 

Two juveniles and an 18 year old suspect have been taken into custody in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting in northeast Columbia, which seriously injured a 15 year old victim.  18 year old Johnny Hurd is charged with robbery, assault and armed criminal action.  The two juveniles were also accused of robbery.  Court documents say the victim was shot in the chest at his home after selling marijuana to the three suspects.  The 15 year old victim is in stable condition at University Hospital. 

 

MISSING COLUMBIA TEEN FOUND SAFE                  

 

A missing 16 year old Columbia boy was found safe and is back with his family this (Thurs.) morning.  The teenager, Brice Lewis Key, who is autistic, was reported missing at around 2:30pm Wednesday.  Key was found safe a short time later. 

 

BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MOURNING LOSS OF K9              

 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of its K-9’s, after the dog had to be euthanized Tuesday.  Brix, a 9 year old German Shepherd, had served the department since 2009, along with its handler, Lieutenant Philip Smith.  The K-9 had recently been diagnosed with cancer. 

 




August 2, 2017

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES

 

A man from Bowie Mo was injured in a one vehicle wreck Wednesday evening in Montgomery County.  According to the Highway Patrol the accident occurred at 7:05PM on Westbound I-70 near the 178.4 mile marker as 52 year old Thomas Hodges traveled on to the rumble strips causing him to loose control of the vehicle.  The vehicle then slid on its side before coming to rest in the driving lane of I-70.  Thomas Hodges was transported by Montgomery County ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries. 

 

HUDSON ILLINOIS DRIVER INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver from Hudson Illinois received moderate injuries in an accident that occurred on Wednesday at 6:10PM along Eastbound I-70 in Montgomery County.  According to the Highway Patrol 26 year old Haile Townsend of Hudson Il was traveling Eastbound when her car was struck in the rear by another vehicle driven by 40 year old Corey Schuster of Ofallon.  Townsend's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff, and came to rest in the driving lane of I-70.  Haile Townsend sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Montgomery County Ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.  The other driver was not injured.

 

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting incident, which seriously injured a teenage victim.  It occurred at around 3:00PM in the 2300 block of Parks Edge Place.  Investigators say the 15 year old victim was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment.  They are asking the public to call the Crimestoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS with any information regarding the incident, as the investigation continues. 




August 1, 2017

 

OSAGE BEACH MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A man from Osage Beach Mo was injured in a one vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Miller Co.  According to the Highway Patrol the accident occurred at 2:10AM on Colvin Loop South of Blackmer Road when a Dodge Dakota driven by 25 year old Caleb Shelton traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED UNDER INVESTIGATION

Columbia Police are investigating a Monday evening shots fired incident, which occurred in the area of Amelia and Ann Streets in Columbia.  Witnesses report multiple shots fired from a vehicle.  Officers found several shell casings in the area, but no damage or injuries were reported.  The incident is under investigation. 

 

NEW BOONE COUNTY CLERK APPOINTED

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens made a number of state appointments Monday, including the appointment of a new Boone County Clerk.  Taylor Burks, of Columbia, was appointed to complete the term of Wendy S. Noren, who resigned as clerk after nearly 40 years of service, due to health issues.  Burks was sworn in Monday afternoon and will begin full duties this week, in time for next Tuesday’s election. 

 




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